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Mabon Countdown: Apple Magic

By Patti Wigington

It’s fall right now, which means it’s apple season! I love apples. Every September, I take my kids to a local orchard — it doesn’t have anything fancy, like hay rides or corn mazes or anything like that. Just acres and acres of trees, full of plump and juicy fruit. We make a day of it, gathering up bags and bags of fat apples in every color and size and shape. I bring them all home with me, and then the magic really begins… preparing apples for the winter. I turn them into applesauce, I chunk them up and preserve them in slices, I dry them by hanging them from the rafters so we can snack on them later. There’s just something magical about this autumn fruit, and that magic has long been a theme found in harvest celebrations around the world.

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